The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2017

Something about this year made reading books feel not just crucial, but a little bit transgressive. Maybe it’s the assault on education and freedom of the press, or maybe it’s just that between reading new reports of abusive men and Trump’s latest attempt to chokehold the nation, simply reading for pleasure feels…

Here are the creepy prayer cards they’re handing out at screenings of Mother!

Pretty much all anyone knows of Mother!, the new Darren Aronofsky film starring Jennifer Lawrence as a woman to whom something very terrible happens, is that something terrible happens to Jennifer Lawrence in it. Or maybe it doesn’t, but that’s certainly the vibe we’ve been given. The few trailers are all full-time,…

Read a crucial set of essays from the progenitor of “mansplaining”

Rebecca Solnit, an author long esteemed for her thoughtfulness and variety of interests, jumped to the kind of weird prominence made by the internet when her essay “Men Explain Things To Me” led to the coinage of “mansplaining.” When the essay was published in a collection under the same name, she included an update…